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This article discusses the development of critical consciousness by examining
the biographical-narratives in relationship to the experiential accounts on
travel. Biographical narratives are important cultural texts filled with history
and cultural nuances. The biography of Ernesto Che Guevara has resonated
with readers and viewers from around the world. By dreaming seemingly
impossible dreams and garnering triumph in the face of mounting obstacles,
Che has inspired the generations that have followed him. The life of Che,
which is a myth of idealism, has captivated the hearts of many around the
globe. This paper engages in the process of reading student narratives along
with Che Guevara’s biography and diaries. The analysis reveals a common
pattern of experiences. Similar to the rites of passage in human development,
the themes that emerge across the two sets of texts involve intellectual growth,
psychological maturity, and awakening of consciousness.


This article was originally published in Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies. The full-text article from the publisher can be found here.


Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies